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President-Elect Trump, Protect Black Women’s Health

American voters have elected Donald J. Trump as president of the United States. Over the past 16 months, Mr. Trump has repeatedly demonstrated not only an intolerance, but also a disdain for racial and ethnic minorities, immigrants, people with disabilities and, sadly, women.
Mr. Trump has said repeatedly that one of his first actions as president will be to overturn the Patient Accountability and Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. This means millions of Black women stand to lose their health insurance, access to quality preventive and medical care and the full range of reproductive health care services now available to them.

We are extremely concerned that a Trump presidency and its resulting policies will mean increased mortality from avoidable chronic diseases, rising rates of poverty and, frankly, the weakening of Black communities across the U.S.

The Black Women’s Health Imperative is the only national organization dedicated to the health and wellness of the nation’s 21 million Black women and girls. We know Black women are inherently passionate about their health and they are not defined by obesity, disease or poverty.

We stand ready to work with the new administration to ensure Black women have access to life-saving care and prevention services. It is our hope that the new administration will be temperate and measured in its consideration of these important issues and work with us to protect the lives of millions of Black women and girls.

Congratulations, President Trump.